Funding Boost for Skainos Centre  23.10.19 

Skainos Centre in East Belfast has received over £6,000 from the Whitemountain Programme. The funding will enable Skainos to upgrade the ICT suite, and offer new courses, activities and one to one support to residents of the area. 
Tom Millar, Chairman at Skainos, commented: “We are delighted that the Whitemountain Programme has awarded Skainos this grant which will offer an upgraded ICT facility to support the work of East Belfast Mission and the wider Skainos Community. This investment will ensure that the Skainos Centre continues to play an important role in changing the lives of everyone in the East Belfast community through providing accessible, affordable and modern facilities, along with a range of programmes geared towards enhancing the personal development of those in our locality. 
Niamh-Anne McNally Whitemountain’s Communication Officer commented, “Whitemountain is delighted to support local community and biodiversity projects through the Whitemountain Programme. In the summer, the Whitemountain programme celebrated £6 million investment in local community and biodiversity projects and this autumn we have achieved another milestone with 200 projects being supported since the programme was launched in 2008. The ICT upgrade at Skainos will have a significant impact on enhancing the education of the local community and will assist students with upskilling and gaining employability skills.” 
The Whitemountain Programme distributes the Landfill Communities Fund to projects dedicated to bringing positive change to communities within a 15-mile radius of the landfill site at Mullaghglass on the outskirts of Lisburn. The Programme is managed by Groundwork Nothern Ireland. 
Angelica Florez who oversees the Programme for Groundwork Northern Ireland added: “The Skainos Centre is at the heart of the community, and this upgrade will enable the community to access new opportunities. We are delighted that the Whitemountain Programme helps to change lives, places and prospects”. 
For full details of the Whitemountain Programme, please visit Groundwork Northern Ireland’s website at 
Pictured L-R Skainos Chairman Tom Millar, Lindsey Mairs, Skainos, Emma Shields , East Belfast Mission, Niamh- Anne McNally, Whitemountain Programme, Angelica Florez, Groundwork NI along with Belfast Met students who will benefit from the upgrade of the ICT facilities  
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